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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 14, 2009 10:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: "Snake Music"

"Early in June they played three nights at the Fillmore West with Junior Walker, and someone, as usual, dosed the apple juice. This was not just any dose, it was the biggest dose ever. Most say it was several people, but one informed source argued that only the big-time smuggler/dealer Ken Goldfinger, a friend of the band's, could have such a quantity at hand, for there was probably a full gram of crystal LSD in the juice, worth perhaps $50,000. In Hart's memory, 'the bottle was glowing.' Lesh said later that one could taste the LSD in the juice. When it came time to play, he was so ecstatically zonked that he politely declined when Mickey told him it was time to go to work. 'I don't really care to play right now, thank you.' Hart was, as Lesh put it, 'so sweet about it, He didn't guilt trip me.' Mickey helped him up, walked him to the stage, propped him up against an amp, draped his bass over his shoulders, plugged it in, and turned the amp to maximum volume. To Lesh, 'It felt like some sort of fabulous artifact that I'd never seen before. The strings were all snakey, but beautiful colors, kind of fish or reptile scales.' They began to play, and it was, Lesh continued, 'the strangest polyphonic blues ever, literally in that sense, many voiced,' because there was no first chord, no downbeat, just utterly strange music utterly in flux. And in the middle, they invited poor Elvin Bishop, who'd just walked in, to join them. Lesh played a thirteen-bar blues, someone else a sixteen, and Elvin had a look of 'Where am I? What universe is this?' Lesh called it 'snake music,' and he was right."
Dennis McNally

6/8/69 - Fillmore West

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Sep 15, 2009 12:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'Snake Music'

I love that passage in Phil's book so I also went on a search about a year and a half ago for this show.

I always thought that show where Phil was stoned out of his gourd was:

I am pretty sure of this because in Searching For The Sound, Phil says that Jerry was late to the show and didn't dose with the apple juice. Also, the Lovelight is off the friggin' chain!